APRIL 1, 11:30 AM - 1 PM, Freedom Summer Luncheon Dialogue, Scott Waldrup & Hattiesburg High School forensics students. Held at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.

"Picnic" movie poster-- the film starred William Holden & Kim Novak.

"Picnic" movie poster-- the film starred William Holden & Kim Novak.

APRIL 3-5, 7:30 PM, Picnic, University of Southern Miss Theater Dept. performance. Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance. Call 601.266.5418 or go to Tickets $8 Box Office.

APRIL 3-5, 7:30 PM, APRIL 6, 2 PM, The Mystery of Other Lives, Dance and theatrical contemporary presentation. 416 E. Pine St.. Sponsored by the USM Dance & Theater Depts.

APRIL 4, 1 PM, Carey Honor Band Concert, held at the William Carey University, Smith Auditorium. Features  Honor band students from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

APRIL 5, 7 AM, 3rd Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon and 5K, Proceeds benefit The Arc. Hattiesburg Clinic, register at www.hattiesburgclinic.com/halfmarathon

APRIL 4, 6-9 PM, 10th Annual Purple Parrot Wine Festival, proceeds benefit Extra Table, which supplies soup kitchens and food pantries with food. Admission $75. + tax, Held at the Purple Parrot, 3810 Hardy St.


APRIL 8, 2014, 5-8 PM, Our Sense of Place, Come experience an interactive art exhibit created by children! Held at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, 723 N. Main St., Downtown Historic Hattiesburg.

APRIL 10, 11:30 AM TO 1 PM, International Food Fair, International students will showcase their homelands' foods. Baptist Student Center, 214 N. 31st  Ave., Cover Charge: $2, participants must fill out an entry form, and the fomr must be received by the International Student & Scholar Services Office by 5 PM, Friday, April 4. For more information call Barbara Jackson, 601.266.4841.

APRIL 10, 11 AM - 6 PM, Kindergarten Roundup Petal School District. For children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Children will be screened prior to entering kindergarten in August Bring social security card, birth certificate, and a completed immunization 121 form. For details call 601.544.7244 or go to www.petalschools.com and look under Petal Primary School.

APRIL 10-12, 7:30 PM, All My Children, This Arthur Miller play is presented by William Carey University at the Virginia Tatum Theatre. Tickets $10 Gen. Adm.; $8 for military & senior citizen; $5 students. Call 601.318.6221 for more information.

APRIL 11-12, 7 PM & Midnight on April 11; 2 PM & 7 PM on April 12; Dance for Film, Woods Theatre, USM Theater & Dance Bldg. Tickets $5.

APRIL 12, 10 AM, 2nd Annual Diversity Dash 5K Run, Walk, Roll and 1-Mile Fun Run, Registration $30 before April 12; $35 Last Minute Registration (7 AM - 9 AM) on April 12; 1-Mile Fun Run $10; Pine Belt Pacers, Runner's High, and City Runners will receive $5 off their registration cost. http://thesasw.wix.com/home#!diversity-dash/csk1

APRIL 12, 8 AM - 2 PM, Right Way to Throw Away Day, Items Allowed: Aerosols, all-purpose cleaners, ammonia, anti-freeze, appliances including refrigerators, freezers and so on, auto cleaner, barbecue lighter fluid, batteries, brake fluid, chlorine bleach, detergents, disinfectants, liquid drain oper, furniture polish, herbicides, insecticides, mothballs, motor oils, oven cleaners, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, rodent poison, rubber cemet, rug & upholstery cleaner, silver polish, tires, transmission fluid, turpentine, varnish, water sealer, wood finish, computers, laptops, keyboards, monitors, washers and dryers, flourescent light bulbs, TV's. Items NOT allowed: ammo, explosives, medical waste, radioactive materials, syringes. Collection Sites: Lamar County Multi-Purpose Center OR the Bobby L. Chain Airport



APRIL 14, 1-4 PM, 2nd Annual Craft Beer Festival, Come enjoy craft beer! Over 30 breweries represented. Held at the Hattiesburg Train Depot.







APRIL 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 PM, APRIL 27* at 2 PM, THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, A SHIPWRECK. AN ENCHANTED ISLAND. A DANGEROUS RECONCILIATION.  Main Stage project, Tatum Theatre. RESERVED SEATS: $14 public; $10 faculty, staff, seniors, military; $8 students.

APRIL 17, 4:30 PM - 7 PM, William Carey University Opening Reception for Senior Art Majors Exhibit, Lucile Parker Gallery, William Carey University campus. Exhibit runs from April 22 - April 29, Hours Tues. - Thur. 1 PM - 4 PM or by appt., more info.: call 601.755.4052

APRIL 18-19, 8 AM-Exhibitions; 12 NOON Races, Easter Fun Run Barrel RaceDown South Productions, The barrel race will showcase some of the top riders from the South competing for $6,000 in added money. Easter Egg Hunt for kids Saturday at 10:30 a.m. www.downsouthpro.net. Held at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center 926 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg, MS. 601.583.7500.

APRIL 19, 8 AM, 7th Annual Rotary Run 5K, Longleaf Trace, Southern Miss Gateway. Proceeds go to Edwards St. Fellowship Center Food Pantry. Registration: $25. Download race forms at www.pinebeltpacers.org or www.runnershighhattiesburg.com or pick up forms at Re/Max, Soccer Locker, Runner's High, Community Bank. for information, e-mail Ms. Archuleta at nadermed@comcast.net

APRIL 19, 5 PM - 8 PM, Daddy-Daughters Ball, Held at the Camp Shelby All Ranks Club. Tickets: $20. Call 601.525.7333 or go to www.dadddaughter.com

APRIL 19, 10 AM, City of Petal Easter Egg Hunt, Bring your own basket. Hinton Park, Petal. For more information, call Katherine Minyard at 601.554-5440 or 769.223.2431.

APRIL 19, 11AM & 3PM, Fancy Nancy, the Musical, Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is positive, that's fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted? Saenger Theater, 201 Forrest St, Historic Downtown Hattiesburg.


April 22 and Wednesday April 23, Tuesday, at 7:30 PM, TWO NIGHTS ONLY, at the Hattiesburg High School Playhouse theater. JORT celebrates the 50th anniversary of FREEDOM SUMMER, with the final play of our 29th season, "BLESSED ASSURANCE" by Mississippi native Laddy Sartin, directed by Dr. Dena Semmons. In the turbulent summer of 1964, Olivia, the cook for the Whitehouse Cafe, shocks her small southern town by marching up the courthouse steps demanding to register to vote. This is a story about values, the politics of the old south, friendship, and ultimately about faith and "Blessed Assurance". TWO NIGHTS ONLY - Tuesday April 22 and Wednesday April 23 at 7:30pm at the Hattiesburg High School Playhouse theater. Tickets available at the door $12 adults, $6 students with ID, JORT members free. Call 601-583-7778 or 601-319-9026 for more information.

APRIL 22, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, A Night in Italy, Spaghetti dinner, available for eat-in or carry out. Sales will benefit Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and The Children's Center for Communication. Tickets: $10. Call 601.266.5222or go to www.usm.edu/childrenscenter. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

APRIL 23, 9:45 AM, Hub City Garden Club, Speaker Paul Cavanaugh, Club President, will speak on raised bed gardening. Held at Hattiesburg Cultural Center.

APRIL 23, 2- 6 PM, The Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi will participate in World Book Night at the U.S. Post Office on South 40th Avenue in Hattiesburg.

APRIL 23, Administrative Assistant's Day

APRIL 24, 7:30 PM, USM School of Music presents a Wind Ensemble Concert, Bennett Auditorium Concert, USM Campus.

APRIL 25, 5 PM - 5 AM, Relay for Life, Tatum Park. For more info call 601.543.8874 or e-mail: kerrimauldin@cancer.org.


APRIL 25-26, 7:30 PM on 4/25; 2 pm on 4/26, Camelot, Smith Auditorium, Thomas Fine Arts Center, William Carey University. Tickets: Gen. Adm.: $10; Alumni & Students: $5; Reserved: $15. Call 601.318.6175 for more details.

APRIL 26, REGISTRATION: 8 AM, EVENT: 9 AM  Walk MS, After the 1 mile walk, there ill be live entertainment, awards, food. Each walker encouraged to raise $100. Call 1.800.344.4867 or go to www.walkMS.org/ 


APRIL 26, 8-9:45 AM, Southern Cross Animal Rescue (SCAR) Pancake and Sausage Fundraiser, Proceeds benefit SCAR. Held at Applebee's, Laurel. Tickets $5. https://www.facebook.com/SouthernCrossAnimalRescue or e-mail scarofms@gmail.com

APRIL 26-27, 9AM TO 5 PM, Hattiesburg Gun & Knife Show,  There will be over 200 tables loaded with pistols, military, hunting, and competitive shooting rifles, laser and night vision optics. Also, check out the large selection of manual and specialty items and a huge selection of custom made knives. Admission is $7. for adults and children; children 11 years & under are admitted free. Held at the main arena, James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center 926 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg,. 601.583.7500.


APRIL 26-27, Purvis High School Rodeo, held at the Lamar County Multi-Purpose Center, Purvis

APRIL 27, 2 PM Daylily Society, Oliver Billingslea will speak on "How to get that great Daylily photo." Held at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center, Extension Service Conference Room.

APRIL 28, Confederate Memorial Day

APRIL 29, 7 PM, William Carey University String Ensemble and Trio, Indigo, Performance at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, Public invited.

APRIL 29, 5 PM, Opening Reception for the Dept. of Art & Design Senior Show, University of Southern Mississippi, Cook Library Art Galleries. Exhibit runs from April 29-May 9. Free Admission.











MAY 1, 6:30 AM, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Lake Terrace Convention Center, Speaker Rev. Winans, Pastor at the Perfecting Church, Detroit, MI. Tickets: $41 at Saenger Theater before event or $45 at the door Lake Terrace Convention Center.

MAY 2, 6 PM TO 6 AM, Relay for Life, Lamar County, Sumrall High School Football Field, For more info. call 601.543.8874 or e-mail kerrimauldin@cancer.org

MAY 2, 5 PM TO 5 AM, Relay for Life, Petal, Held at Willie Hinton/Relay Park. Call 601.543.8874 or e-mail kerrimauldin@cancer.org

MAY 5, Walk/Run Wag 5K & Fun Run, Longleaf Elementary School, 5279 West 4th St., Hattiesburg. Proceeds go to benefit Longleaf Elem. School and the Lamar County Hub City Humane Society. Info.: www.facebook.com/run.walkwag or e-mail walkrunwag2014@gmail.com

MAY 5, Cinco De Mayo

MAY 5, Free Cancer Screening, Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Laser Center of Hattiesburg. Located at 40 Frnklin Rd. Call 601.296.3405 for an appointment. Screening is free.

MAY 8-11, 7:30 PM-May 8-10; 2 PM-May 11, HCLO production of Les Miserables, Presented at the Saenger Theater, For more information call, 601.583.5694 or go to: www.hattiesburgsaenger.com/

MAY 10, REGISTRATION: 7 AM, RACE: 8 AM, Messengers of Mercy 5K Run/Walk. This event will benefit Messengers of Mercy, a nonprofit that raises funds for local nursing home residents. Details: pinebeltpacer.org or e-mail: eleosmessengersofmercy@gmail.com

MAY 15, Forrest General Women of Spirit presents Funniest Housewives of Orange County, held at Saenger Theater.

MAY 30, Rick & Bubba 20th Anniversary Show, held at Saenger Theater.